Chapter News

Further National Membership price increase

We have regretfully had to further increase the cost of Full National (USA) Membership from £60 to £65 with immediate effect (£40 for people under 23 years).  The reason for the increase is the unfavourable US Dollar exchange rate.

Our Chapter only benefits from £10 of this fee, the rest is passed directly to ATOS in the USA less a small administation fee levied by the banking sector.

Young Theatre Organist of the Year (YTOY) Comptition 2017

The 2017 YTOY was held on Sunday 30th July at Fentham Hall, near Solihull, home to the COS Midland District and their fine Compton organ.  We would like to thank all those involved at Fentham Hall for their help and support in hosting the event, and once again to Michael Wooldridge for organising it.

You can read the full competition report here, and view photos of the event here.  Further information on the competition is available from our YTOY pages.

If you would like to make a contribution to help towards the costs of running this important event, please contact our treasurer Keith Reeve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Help needed for the Woking Raffle and Concert Setup

The lady who organised our raffle for many years, June Baldwin, retired after our 2016 Christmas Show but we hope to welcome her as a guest at future concerts.  June, together with her late husband Bernard, have supported ATOS for many years and we are very grateful for their contribution to the Chapter.

We therefore need a volunteer who would be prepared to organise our concert raffle.  Duties would include obtaining raffle prizes, raffle tickets, selling the tickets at the shows, distributing the prizes and passing the funds raised and receipts for prizes to our treasurer.

We also need some practical help with the setting up of our Woking organ shows.  Before each concert our hard working team have to get the Wurlitzer from it's "garage", put up banners, set up the video cameras, lighting control equipment, merchandise stall, raffle stall, refreshments and a host of other things which make what is basically sports hall presentable for our shows.  Then, after the performance it all has to be put away.

We usually arrive on the Saturday afternoon at 4pm (for a 7pm show) and it takes about 30 minutes afterwards to put everything away, including our precious Wurlitzer.

If you think you can help or wish to learn more then please contact one of the ATOS trustees who's details you can find here.

Newsletter Articles

We always welcome contributions to our Chapter Newsletter.  If you can help in any way, either with articles or photographs, please contact the editor, Peter Collett, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get involved - become a Chapter Trustee

We would welcome interest from people who can support the activities of the Chapter by becoming a Trustee.  The current committee work very hard to keep the organisation running and so are fully engaged in Chapter activities, but many are still working and none live in the Woking area so we could do with some local help.

You would need to be a Full National member, be prepared to become a trustee of the charity and thus registered as such with the Charity Commission, attend Chapter committee meetings (usually quarterly), concerts and generally support the work of the Chapter in any way you can which fits your available time, skills and experience, or perform any other duties from time to time as agreed by the committee.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact one of the Chapter Trustees whose details may be obtained from here.